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Philadelphia archdiocese returns 4 priests to ministry, finds 2 unfit after investigations

July 06, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has restored 4 priests to active ministry, after lengthy investigations into sex-abuse charges produced no substantial evidence against them.

The archdiocese announced at the same time that 2 other priests have been found unfit for ministry because of improper conduct.

The 6 priests involved in the July 6 announcement had been among the 26 priests suspended last year in the wake of a grand-jury report that criticized the handling of sex-abuse complaints by archdiocesan officials. Church officials are now nearing a completion of their investigations into the cases of all those priests.


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 06, 2012 5:27 PM ET USA

    It's sad that a third of those accused are unfit for ministry; one would hope that a thorough post-mortem would be done to find out if any diocesan policies need changing. Now 1) are the four good guys forever tainted? 2) will the media pay any attention to the fact that 2/3 of the accusations were false?